Newswatch: The Prince and the Paupers

Newswatch/Thomas Griffith

It took the splendor and pageantry of the royal wedding to match, and at last to overcome, the kind of coverage Britain was getting last week on American television. The anchorman heavies (Rather, Chancellor, Walters, Brokaw) arrived early to cover the preparations, but soon wearied of the familiar banalities —curbside interviews with the first people to stake out viewing spots, guardsmen shining their boots, the trafficking in gimcrack souvenirs. They had come to cover a spectacle but got themselves diverted by the earthier scent of real news. It was point and...

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